August 10 in Yankee History

  • The big bat behind the Yanks’ 9-3 win over Anaheim in Yankee Stadium on August 10, 2011, belonged to Curtis Granderson, who went yard for three runs in the first, and added a singleton shot and a walk later. Robinson Cano may have been denied a cycle by a fine Mark Trumbo play at first, because the Yankee second sacker had a double, triple, and homer in his other three at bats. Before the game, the release of a children’s album, “Believe,” organized and recorded by Nick Swisher, was announced on the scoreboard. Ex-Yank Bernie Williams and SF Giant Barry Zito played guitar on the record. Continue reading
  • August 9 in Yankee History

  • July 28, 2018, was a win-win in Yankee Stadium, as J.A. Happ, activated that day and making his Yankee debut, struck out nine Rangers in six strong innings in a 7-3 win. The offense was doubly delightful, with two-run homers from Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar, and two singleton shots off the bat of Neil Walker. Continue reading
  • August 8 in Yankee History

  • In the middle of a three-game sweep of the pinstripers on August 8, 2015, the Blue Jays trotted out their newest acquisition, southpaw David Price — the addition to the team that sparked their late surge to the Division title — to the mound, and he did not disappoint, allowing three hits and no runs through seven in a 6-0 win. Sadly, Ivan Nova gamely matched him into the sixth when, with one down, he allowed a walk, single, walk, and Justin Smoak grand slam home run. Continue reading
  • August 7 in Yankee History

  • That Didi Gregorius homered for the second run on Didi Bobblehead Night, and that Masahiro Tanaka pitched the Yankees to a 3-2 win over Carlos Carrasco and the visiting Indians, should have made for more than enough drama, excitement, and “buzz” in the Bronx on August 7, 2016. But those stories all became subplots to what took place earlier that day, when Alex Rodriguez announced his retirement from the team as a player, though he would continue to be paid through the 2017 season. Continue reading
  • August 6 in Yankee History

  • It was August 6, 1979, in a night game after the funeral for Yankee catcher Thurman Munson that his teammate and friend Bobby Murcer drove in all five runs of a Yankee win. Murcer had a three-run homer and then chipped in with a two-run ninth-inning single to beat the Orioles, 5-4. The loss of Murcer in 2008 to cancer served to make Thurman’s death a poignant experience all over again. Continue reading
  • August 5 in Yankee History

  • The big blow in the Yanks’ stirring 13-7 victory over visiting Cleveland on August 5, 2016, was Starlin Castro‘s grand slam off Josh Tomlin, highlighting a five-run home third. But the remarkable thing about this one was all the tack-on runs the Bombers added along the way, including two-run rallies in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. First baseman Mark Teixeira, who had earlier in the day announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season, had two hits and scored twice. In one of their more popular promos in recent years, this one took place on Star Wars Night in Yankee Stadium. Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner went yard back to back in the seventh. Continue reading
  • August 4 in Yankee History

  • Mostly happily, it was business as usual in the Bronx on August 4, 2019, as J.A. Happ pitched well for a while before falling victim to opposing power, and David Price had yet another ugly outing in a 7-4 Yankee win, finishing off a four-game sweep. In a rare appearance in the cleanup spot, Gio Urshela got the six-run third going with a homer, with doubles by Brett Gradner, Cameron Maybin, and Kyle Higashioka causing most of the other damage. Happ, just off the paternity list this day, shut out the Red Sox into the fifth, when back-to-back home runs by Christian Vazquez and Michael Chavis got an abortive Boston comeback try started. Continue reading
  • August 3 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees used a day/night doubleheader against the visiting Red Sox on Saturday, August 3, 2019, as the cornerstone of a four-game sweep. Domingo German was superb in the 9-2 opener, going seven innings, highlighted by a seven-run fourth inning uprising against Boston ace Chris Sale. But a slew of arms, starting with a Chad Green opener, then two frames of Nestor Cortes, Jr., carried the team in the 6-4 nightcap. DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-5 with two homers and four rbi’s in Game One, while Gleyber Torres also hit two bombs in Game Two. Continue reading
  • August 2 in Yankee History

  • There can only be one piece of Yankee history leading off this day’s column, and it is heart-rending. It was on August 2, 1979, that the beloved father, husband, and Yankee captain and catcher Thurman Munson perished in a crash of the plane he was piloting. The Yankees would host a huge crowd in the Stadium on the day after the tragic event. In recent years, it was an inspiring moment when a host of Thurman’s teammates gathered with his widow on the Yankee Stadium field at the 2004 Old Timers Game. The whole tragic event is doubly poignant now with the recent death of Thurman’s great friend, Bobby Murcer. Continue reading
  • August 1 in Yankee History

  • It was a Tale of Two Outcomes in Yankee Stadium when visiting Baltimore overcame the home team 7-5 on August 1, 2018. First, Sonny Gray put his team in a 7-1 hole two outs into the third inning. It was a number the Yanks failed to match, but not for a lack of production from Gleyber Torres, who homered for one in the second, and then again for three in the bottom of the ninth. Continue reading